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Bombshell - The Hedy Lamarr Story

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Bombshell - The Hedy Lamarr Story

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Thursday 31 January 8.30pm Channel 039

Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents. Foremost of them was her inventive genius, that a world blinded by her beauty, could not recognise as far back as her youth in Austria with her homemade gadgets. This film explores Lamarr's life which included escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany's conquest of her nation to a new career in Hollywood. However, her intellectual contributions were denied their due even when she offered them in the service of her new home during World War II. Only after years of career and personal decline in her troubled life would Lamarr learn that her staggering aptitude created brilliant engineering concepts that revolutionised telecommunications (the basis of cellphones and bluetooth technology) which forced the world to realise the hidden abilities of a woman it had so unfairly underestimated.